Upper Manhattan once resembled a country town

It looks like a country scene: a slender iron bridge, green
bluffs across the river, groups of women strolling while shielding
themselves with straw hats and sun umbrellas, a couple wheeling a
child in a stroller, two men in a carriage led by a single

A Midwestern village? Actually it’s 155th Street on the
Harlem-Washington Heights border circa 1900, after the Macombs Dam
Bridge opened in 1895 and before this section of Manhattan
attracted industry, traffic, and a tidal wave of new residents
looking for space and better housing.

The wonderful thing is that
Macombs Dam Bridge
still stands today, flanked by the
same stone sentry towers

Source: FS – NYC Real Estate
Upper Manhattan once resembled a country town